2018 DiverseScholar Postdoctoral Conference #DivSch18

Join us July 20-21, 2018 for our second event in collaboration with the University of Houston Postdoctoral Fellows Association. We're bringing together a diverse group of postdocs for professional development, research presentations, and recruiting. DiverseScholar's postdoc participants are members of our Doctoral Directory CV database. Postdocs will be preparing elements of their job application in anticipation of the Fall faculty marketing season (see advertisement rates). Join us to network with the next generation of diverse faculty and professionals! Learn about our 2017 inaugural event.

Info about: Agenda | Logistics | Sponsorships | Questions:


Download conference program (Updated July 19, 2018).

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, staff, and volunteers at our event are required to comply with this Code of Conduct.

Brief Agenda (a)

Registration opens at 9am on both Friday and Saturday

Thursday July 19

Evening dinner for DiverseScholar-invited postdocs starting at 5pm CST

Friday July 20

Time Session Speaker
9:30am Welcome & Announcements Roca
10am Preparing Your CV Lindstaedt
12pm Using a Rubric to Improve Your Oral Presentations Lindstaedt
2pm Getting Your First Academic Faculty Job (see related presentations) panel
4pm Communicating with Grant Reviewers Krug
6pm Puerto Rico Recovery (banquet) panel
7:30pm Dessert Reception & Posters (b)  

Saturday July 21

Time Session Speaker
10am Research Chalk Talks (b) Krug
12pm Legal Seminar for International Postdocs (c) Frank
2pm Mentor Training McDonnell
4pm Networking for Your Job Search: Linkedin & More Safayi & Nwoko
6pm Supporting Minority Postdocs (banquet) panel w/Anderson-Thompkins

Exhibitor Fair: Friday and Saturday 9am - 6pm

Saturday 1-on-1 CV review sessions

a) Tentative agenda subject to change.
b) for DiverseScholar postdocs.
c) for University of Houston postdocs.


Alberto Roca, PhD, Conference Chair
Executive Director, DiverseScholar

Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, PhD
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Adam Frank, JD
Attorney; Hill, Frank & Delaney Immigration Law, LLC

Edward Krug, PhD
Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs; Medical University of South Carolina

Bill Lindstaedt, MS
Executive Director; Career Advancement, International, & Postdoctoral Services
University of California, San Francisco

Victoria McDonnell, PhD
Director; Office of Postdoctoral Affairs & Development; MD Anderson Cancer Center

Odochi Nwoko, PhD
Research Scientist; Camargo Pharmaceutical Services

Sina Safayi, DVM, PhD
Assistant Director of Career Development; UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


When: July 20-21, 2018

Where: Hilton University of Houston; 4450 University Dr, Houston TX 77204; 832-531-6300
Request room block: DiverseScholar Postdoctoral Conference (if still available).

Airports: Bush Intercontinental (IAH) or Hobby (HOU)

Registration for Postdocs*

Postdoc attendees will be drawn from existing members of the following:

Partial conference expenses (airfare and lodging if needed) will be covered for DiverseScholar postdoc attendees. However, funding and space are limited so please register early!

*Note that due to limited funds, the dinners are only for DiverseScholar postdocs, registered professionals, and invited guests.

Registration deadlines:

Registration for Professionals

Registration rates for Recruiters, Faculty, Administrators, Staff, Exhibitors, etc.

Cost Service
$300 Registration for conference includes all Fri & Sat meals
$500 Reg. & Sponsorship Level 2 (branding)
$1,000 Reg. & Sponsorship Level 3 (exhibitor table)
$2,500 Reg. (for 2), Level 3, & Platinum candidate database
$5,000 Reg. (for 4), Level 3, & Diamond CV database
$10,000 Reg. (for 8), Level 5, & Sponsor panel

Registration deadline: Monday July 16

In event of cancellation by June 29, a full refund less a 5% processing fee will be issued. No refunds will be made for cancellations after that date.

Sponsors and Partners

Hill, Frank & Delaney, LLC (immigration lawyers)
D. E. Shaw Research
National Institutes of Health
National Research Mentoring Network (University of North Texas)
Northern Illinois University
Towson University
University of California, Irvine
University of Houston Equal Opportunity Services

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Rates (d)

Sponsorship Level: -- One Two Three Four Five Six (e)
Cost: $300 $250 $500 $1,000 $2,500 $5,000 $10,000
Registrations (#) 1 -- 1 1 2 4 8
Listing name: Event webpage -- Y Y Y Y Y Y
Listing name: Slides kiosk -- Y Y Y Y Y Y
Recognition during welcome -- -- -- Y Y Y 5 min
Listing name: Print program -- -- -- Y Y Y Y
Exhibitor table -- -- -- Y Y Y Choice
Candidate database - Platinum -- -- -- -- Y Y Y
Candidate database w/CVs - Diamond -- -- -- -- -- Y Y
Sponsored seminar/panel -- -- -- -- -- -- Y

d) Sponsorship benefits subject to change without notice.
e) Limited availability.

In event of cancellation by June 29, a full refund less a 5% processing fee will be issued. No refunds will be made for cancellations after that date.

Last updated 14-May-2019